Granville Island Tea Co

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This is a queued tasting note.

Drank this one as a commute tea a while ago. I used it in the “Twelve Teas of Christmas” sampler I made my mother this year, and measuring out a sample for her really made me crave it ’cause I could smell the sweet grenadine.

Grenadine notes definitely came through when I was drinking it, and the craving was satisfied, but it was also pretty astringent which detracted from the experience.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwnoSeiAFSY&index=4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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Today’s cold brew.

I’m getting some really weird notes from this one tonight; in particular I’m finding that the finish of the tea is giving off some serious apple-like notes which is generally NOT a common flavour to Monk’s Blend. They aren’t tart like greener apples; more like the muted sweetness of red apple skin. That’s on top of the normal flavours of grenadine though. Apple and grenadine actually works together surprisingly well.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3pJZSTQqIg

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Bubble bath and a mug of tea… Perfection!

So, I can’t drink while I’m currently taking the medication for the hives/infection I got from work and we have a bottle of grenadine on our bar counter that’s been calling to me all week to get made into some tasty sort of cocktail or shot. But, it’s not gonna happen. Then I remembered tonight I have Monk’s Blend!

Lets just say that fruity, sweet grenadine craving has been satisfied now! I don’t care if it’s pomegranate (traditional) or cherry (as common as pomegranate nowadays), it’s good. Like a bright, shining fruity beacon coming through a brisk, malty base. Mmm!

Listened to The Smiths during my bubble bath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1uJiVeGwMQ&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=1

While we’re on the subject of baths…

I’ve dabbled in tea baths now but haven’t done a matcha bath yet. Anyone gone down this road? Seems like it’d be easy to do and would probably feels nice and rejuvenating. I’m just worried it’d also be quite messy…

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This is a queued tasting note.

Picked this one out as my commute tea on Monday ’cause I was craving something sweet as well as a black tea and I thought that this would be bright enough to jump start my day/afternoon. The grenadine was delicious and really hit the spot, but the black tea came off as brisk and very tannic. It actually had enough astringency that while the taste was there the mouthfeel was very unpleasant and distracting.

Hmmm…

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grenadine, Red Fruits, Tannic

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Yay Monk’s Blend!

When my mom went to BC for her little ‘mini vacation’ over my birthday week, I told her that as my present she had to stop into a tea shop or two an pick some goodies up for me. Of course, she wanted to know what I wanted. I told her I wanted Monk’s Blend and then an assortment of whatever else caught her eye!

I cold brewed my first sampling of this; since Granville Island sources from MTC I have had this incarnation of Monk’s Blend before but it is ‘sort of’ a new experience because, of course, every store stores their teas a little differently and that factors into the flavour a touch. For example, this tastes fresher than the MTC Monk’s Blend that the Vintage Tea Room (in my city) sells. That could be because this may have been purchased more recently or the bag was only recently opened up, but I’ll wager part of that is that from the images of Granville Island that I’ve seen they store their tea in tins while Vintage Tea Room stores theirs in clear, glass jars.

Anyway; it was smooth and tasty! Lovely to be reacquainted with an old friend.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grenadine, Vanilla

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74

Mmm, food-pairing enthusiasts take note – this tea goes especially well with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mookit

OMG I AM OBSESSED WITH TERRYS CHOCOLATE ORANGES. I go nuts over them at Christmas time lol!

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I was looking for an uncomplicated herbal blend to have as a hot drink in the evenings. I have a ton of fruit-based teas, but I find I usually only care for those when they’re iced. The flavour is mostly of mint, though the rose petals and rose hips manage to creep in there and give a little bit of depth and sweetness to the flavour. But you definitely have to be a mint lover to enjoy this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Awesome Fregrence & Taste Too………..

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I’m definitely getting more chocolate than coconut with this tea, though I can still pick it up on the end of each mouthful. The flavour is primarily creamy milk chocolate truffle which is delicious on its own, especially with a splash of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Had this in store yesterday, as that’s all my fellow Yelpers said I had to try (I agreed, once having got there… Standard fare otherwise).

Asked the staffer what made this so special, why they make more than 200+ a day.

“We use a spice blend, add sugar and powdered milk, then mix it into a paste with some butter. Then we steep it in a bag with your tea of choice, and milk of choice. Finally, we add more spices if you ask (ginger and cayenne for me) and blend it in a blender until frothy”.

Yes, this is one of the best chai’s I’ve ever had. Super spicy yet soft and rich. I’m using the butter trick from now on… Although admittedly I’ve been putting butter in my tea a while now (think Bulletproof Coffee, but with tea). Never crossed my mind to do it with chai, or to make the spices into a paste.

Flavors: Creamy, Ginger, Spicy, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
shezza

ahhh I love their chai! I used to get it all the time when I was at emily carr

MissB

Almost as good as the one I had in Edmonton… But a totally different kind of Chai. See, now you can make it yourself! Lol (and of course you went to Emily Carr… That explains your breathtaking talent!)

tigress_al

Butter!!! What!! That’s crazy

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GCTTB5

I would say that this tea is more of a citrus/berry tea than tropical (as Jillian mentions). It isn’t overly floral, but I am not a big fan of rose in teas. I picked out most of the rose petals/buds but to me I just can’t get the Rose out of my head. The flavours don’t really meld that well together either. Oh well, I can’t love every tea…that would be very very bad on my credit card!

I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Mookit

I’m with you on the rose petals! They can be quite overpowering sometimes, and I don’t find that is mixes well in most blends either.

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Sipdown (123)!

Definitely a really nice end of the night cup of tea, especially with a little splash of milk. Strong cinnamon notes compliment the baking French bread taste from the black tea and sweet, almondy finish. The overall cup was smooth and delicate without having overly subtle flavours. It was a lovely reminder of why I went through 50g of this (sold by another company though) in the first place.

Thank you OMGsrsly for letting me revisit this one!

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From OMGsrsly!

Visually and based on the dry aroma, this reminds me an awful lot of the Candied Almond blend carried by Cuppa T. If I was a gambling person, I’d wager that both stores get this blend from the same wholesaler – they’re too similar for it to be a coincidence.

I kind of just assumed they were from the same wholesaler when I prepared this, and instead of drinking it hot I cold brewed this because I thought it’d be a new experience for trying this tea. I just went and reread tasting notes from Cuppa T’s blend though and apparently I HAD tried that cold brewed – it just hadn’t stuck/left an impression.

But it was good: sweet and confectionery with notes of cinnamon, almond, and sugar cookies. That marzipan note was really, really drawn out too! Oddly, the surface of the liquor before I strained had an oily sheen on it though. Not really sure what that’s about or from. I don’t recall ever having issues with Cuppa T’s version being oily?

But anyway, thanks OMGsrsly for the revisit – even if the tea’s ‘relabeled’ so to speak.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s too bad. But yes, Granville Island orders from a lot of the “same old” tea wholesalers.

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Another from omgsrsly this one smells delicious but is a little lacking in the taste department. I really wanted this to be a stronger flavoured tea. The weak factor of this one makes me like it a little less than i would if it had a strong intense candied almond flavour. All that being said though, i am in agreement that this is a tasty tea!

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I’ve never tried a tea from this region of India before so my curiosity was piqued. The dry leaves are black and quite large so measuring properly was a bit tricky. The flavour is like a cross between an autumnal Darjeeling and a light Assam. It has that wine-like muscatel flavour but at the same time it’s a more robust tea than most Darjeelings would be. There’s also a distinct malty undertone and a tannic finish that you’d normally get off of an Assam tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77

Drinking this with milk and a bit of agave nectar and I still can’t really find any pastry flavour, however the sweetness does bring out the chocolate flavours nicely and gives it a great dessert-like quality. So I’m still giving this tea a good rating.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I stocked up on new teas on my most recent visit to Vancouver. I always tend to go a bit tea-crazy when I’m there because my own town has nothing.

I just got a sample of this tea as I’ve found some of this company’s flavoured black teas to be rather hit or miss (still love their oolongs though – their Tie Guan Yin is one the best I’ve tasted). This one is quite nice although it doesn’t really have the pastry-flavour the ‘torte’ part of the name would suggest. It’s an interesting mix of raspberry, mint and cocoa with a nice sweet finish.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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A very mild pu-erh. Tastes to me like rainwater — earthly, and yet clean. I learned the hard way not to drink too much of it in a day — not the best thing for digestion. But very simply and yet flavorful.

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drank Mango by Granville Island Tea Co
1878 tasting notes

I was quite surprised to see these strange-looking little puffy bits in the tea when the shop assistant showed it too me – as it turns out they’re popped amaranth seeds which I can’t say I’ve ever had in a tea before. I’m not sure what they added – maybe they help hold the flavour? Unfortunately they soften in the water and leave a bit of a mess in my strainer.

Flavour-wise they really did a good job with this blend – I’ve found that many mango teas (and to a lesser extent fruit teas in general) smell nice but are rather lacking in the flavour department. This manages to be the exception – I think it might be helped by the tiny little bits of mango that are blended in and the result is the flavour is nice and fruity and distinctly mango with just the right amount of sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Damnit, Granville Island! This is the SAME TEA as sold by Cuppa’T and probably other Canadian tea shops.

Oh well.

It is actually pretty darn good. Sweet, almondy, with a decent black base. It’s a little astringent, maybe because I ended up with the last bit in the bag for my cup. Or perhaps because of the almonds.

I am enjoying it with milk, and think it might make a pretty good eggnog latte as well. Not sure I’d rush out for more, but I could see this being a decent fall tea.

(1.5 tsp for 10 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Anlina

I know that so many tea shops sell teas from the same suppliers, and it always makes me a little grumpy when I have to figure that out on my own.

I really appreciate it that, if a tea shop is going to sell Metropolitan Tea Co, or whatever other popular wholesaler, that they’re just honest about it. I like a lot of the teas from the big wholesalers. I don’t like ending up with the exact same tea from three different companies by accident.

OMGsrsly

YES. Exactly. And if I had known I would have picked something else because I got this as a holiday surprise and wanted it to be unique. And it’s not. But too bad, holiday surprise people. :D You’re getting it anyways.

Lilysmom

I never really found any Granville Island teas I loved….or even liked much…..are there good ones I missed?

OMGsrsly

I’ve only had a couple. They’re a mix of metropolitan and other common suppliers.

Roswell Strange

Cuppa’T is always a guessing game for me: some of their blends are MTC (like the Dutch Licorice I just bought) but they bring stuff in from so many other distributors too. Like, I’ve never seen their Creme Brulee Rooibos ANYWHERE else, or the Pink Beauty Oolong I bought recently. And I originally thought their Monk’s Blend was MTC but after comparing the ingredients lists it’s not the same… Really happy my local store has started listing the distributors they get their blends from!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I really like it when stores do that as well, Roswell. Janet’s Special Teas doesn’t list their distributors, but she uses different sources than a lot of the tea stores I’ve been to.

Anlina

I really like Surprise Rooibos from Granville Island.

Cornelia Bean uses a few different distributors, which are not always, but mostly clear, and most of their teas I’ve not encountered anywhere else.

OMGsrsly

Zen Tea and Tealux carry a lot of the same things as Cornelia Bean, and have lower shipping minimums. :) The only one I haven’t been able to find that I really liked is the Greek Mountain Orange.

My main problem with Granville Island is they are not clear with ingredients, at least in-store. As I’m becoming more and more sensitive to gluten and wheat, ingredients are becoming a huge sore point for me wrt various tea companies.

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This tea isn’t on the Granville Island Tea Co’s website so I don’t know if this blend is just a one-off or a special holiday blend of some sort. The recommended steeping temperature was surprisingly low despite the fact that the oolong looks to be a fairly dark one, but I went with the package instructions this time just to see.

The flavour was quite surprising – I wouldn’t necessarily call it tropical, to me it was more like a mix of citrusy orange and sweet berries. It’s certainly never a combination that I’ve tasted in a tea before and I find that I quite like it though I’m going to play with the steeping parameters a bit.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown. This tea got spicier as I got near the bottom of the bag – probably because the bits of cracked pepper all settled to the bottom despite my shaking it to try and redistribute it. And I do have to say the spicy bite is nice but the other spices and flavourings need to be stronger to accompany it – otherwise it just ends up being straight black pepper tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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